animal unit

noun

Definition of animal unit

: a unit expressing the feed requirements of different kinds of domestic animals on a common scale usually based on the average or theoretical requirements of a mature cow 100 hens equal one animal unit

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of animal unit

1904, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About animal unit

Time Traveler for animal unit

Time Traveler

The first known use of animal unit was in 1904

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near animal unit

animal step

animal unit

anima mundi

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for animal unit

Cite this Entry

“Animal unit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animal%20unit. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!